Shelfmark:

Isl. Ms. 832

Title:

[Kitāb-i Raml-i Dāniyāl al-nabī ... etc.,mid 19th century?].[كتاب رمل دانيال النبى ... الخ,اواسط قرن 19م؟].

Author:

Unidentified-Can you help supply this information? Please comment!

Place/Date of Production:

[1840-1860?].

Size:

121 leaves :paper ;205 x 147 (145 x 85) mm. bound to 210 x 147 mm.

Summary:

Elegant copy of collection of treatises on geomancy (ʻilm al-raml or khaṭṭ bi-raml) with numerous diagrams.

Other Title(s):

Raml-i Dāniyāl al-nabīرمل دانيال النبىHāẕā Kitāb-i Raml-i Dāniyāl-i payghambarهذا كتاب رمل دانيال پیغمبرFaṣl dar bayān-i taskīnāt-i ashkāl-i ramlفصل در بيان تسكينات اشكال رمل

Subject(s):

Geomancy--Early works to 1800.
Divination--Early works to 1800.
Astrology--Early works to 1800.
Manuscripts, Persian--Michigan--Ann Arbor.

Language:

Persian.

Notes:

Ms. codex.
Title from rubricated heading at opening on p.4.

Incipit:

"الحمد لله رب العالمين والصلوة والسلام على على خير خلقه محمد وآله اجمعين اما بعد منضور اين رساله اين بود كه پوشیده ..."

Explicit:

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Colophon:

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Dedication:

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Contents:

1. p.4-p.55 : Kitāb-i Raml-i Dāniyāl al-nabī.
2. p.55-p.153 : Hāẕā Kitāb-i Raml-i Dāniyāl-i payghambar.
3. p.154-p.160 : [blank].
4. p.161-p.176 : [divination tables].
5. p.177-p.242 : [treatise on the same topic opening with "Faṣl dar bayān-i taskīnāt-i ashkāl-i raml..."].

Physical Details:
Collation:

14 IV(112), IV+1 (121) ; exclusively quaternions ; catchwords present ; pagination in pencil, Western numerals, supplied during digitization (includes front flyleaf).

Layout:

Written in 16 and 17 lines per page (as well 32 additional lines on the diagonal in the margins of the final section) ; frame-ruled.

Script:

Shikastah (shikastah-nastaʻlīq / شكسته نستعليق ) ; elegant hand ; partially but irregularly seriffed with effect of words descending to baseline, closed counters, elongated horizontal strokes, pointing inconsistent though typically in distinct dots ; Arabic text (excerpts and text of figures, etc.) in a fine Persianate naskh.

Decoration:

Keywords, headings and symbols rubricated ; numerous tables and diagrams in black and red (including figure on p.108).

Support:

European laid paper of several types ; one type with 11 laid lines per cm. (vertical), chain lines spaced 26 mm. apart (horizontal), and watermark of elaborate scrollwork (see p.8, 9, etc.) ; another type with laid lines in a mesh or crosshatch pattern, chain lines spaced 25-26 mm. apart (horizontal) and watermark of "LAVARENNA" (see p.52, 63, 104) ; another typ with laid lines in a mesh or crosshatch pattern, chain lines spaced 26 mm. apart (horizontal) and watermarks of scrollwork with balance / scales (see p.230, etc.) and "CARLO GIUSTI" (see p.233, etc.) ; all medium to dark cream, fairly sturdy, and well-burnished.

Binding:

Pasteboards covered in dark brown leather ; Type III binding (without flap) ; doublures in orange paper ; upper and lower covers carry blind-tooled border in a series of s-shaped stamps ; sewn in cream thread, two stations, many threads broken ; worked endbands in yellow and cream, virtually gone, only trace of headband remains ; overall in poor condition with much abrasion, staining, lifting and losses of spine leather, fully detached at spine, etc. ; housed in box for protection.

Accompanying Materials:

a. Slip with notes between pp.118-119 -- b. Small slip with calculations between pp.166-167 -- c. Slip with lines (geomantic figures) and values between pp.176-177.

Former Shelfmarks:

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Origin:

Lacks dated colophon ; paper, etc. would suggest mid-19th century.

Ownership and History:

Ownership statement on opening leaf (p.1) dated 1226 [or 1336 ?] [i.e. 1811 or 12 or 1917 or 18] ; "Turkish MS in astronomy" in pencil on opening leaf (p.1) ; fairly clean copy.

Contributor(s) / Included work(s):

Hāẕā Kitāb-i Raml-i Dāniyāl-i payghambarهذا كتاب رمل دانيال پیغمبرFaṣl dar bayān-i taskīnāt-i ashkāl-i ramlفصل در بيان تسكينات اشكال رمل

Scribe(s):

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Former Owner(s):

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In Collection:

Tracy W. McGregor Collection of Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Mathematical and Astronomical Manuscripts.

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Posted by evyn on October 6, 2010
Tags: Fully Catalogued, Persian MSS, Tracy W. McGregor Collection

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